I recently read that the ancient Africans measured wealth by how much you could afford to give away.
When we step beyond what we need into a little elbow room, we can reach sufficiency. However, a sense of sufficiency doesn’t come from getting ever more. That’s a form of grasping that’s a symptom of a belief in not enough. From that platform, we’ll never reach enough. If it’s never enough, what do we have to give away?
One of the insidious forms of “not enough” is the widespread entitlement you see in the west. Advertising media has cultured a sense of deserving beyond our means. Plus caring what others think of the appearance of our possessions. The result is excess stuff and unprecedented debt. You can see this is founded in “not enough” because it never is.
This grasping at possessions is from our identification with them. We see what is outside of us as something to fill an inner lack. This may show up as a craving for possessions, relationships, food, distraction, and so on. But it only ever results in a brief sense of satisfaction, often followed by a hollow let-down. It will never meet that lack as it’s not what we’re missing.
Yoga views this possessiveness as a form of theft. When we let that go, deeply, then nature can support us in ways we can’t imagine. The Yoga sutras tell us “gems rise up”. Wealth rises up in life to meet us.
This may seem profoundly counter-intuitive. Fulfilling our desires by letting them go? But as usual, when we deeply let go in an area of our lives, then life can flow there and abundance can arise. Desires can then flow without strings attached. Without attachment, true wealth and abundance comes from that deep inner connection with infinite source. We become an open vessel of its expression.
True wealth is an abundance of happiness, peace, satisfaction and overall well-being, including financial. This doesn’t necessarily mean rich. It means Enough. And that we will only find within, beyond grasping.